Monday, November 09, 2009

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From: Rebecca Carruthers Den Hoed
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2009 15:12:24 -0700


CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(voire plus bas la version française suit)


The Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric (CSSR) invites you to
submit proposals for papers to be presented at its annual conference,
to be held in conjunction with Congress 2010 at Concordia University,
Montréal. Tentative dates for the CSSR conference are June 2-4, 2010
(confirmation will be posted on the CSSR website: www.cssr-scer.ca).

Deadline to submit proposals: January 8, 2010.

SPECIAL SESSION:
RHETORICS OF THE EXCEPTION, THE EXCEPTIONAL, EXCEPTIONALITY
Chair: Michael Purves-Smith, Wilfrid Laurier University

Scholars are invited to propose papers on the topos of the exception
and exceptionality. When and how does "exception" create a rhetorical
space? How does rhetoric depend on a dialectic of the expected as
opposed to the exceptional? Is there then a tension between endorsing
the unusual and distancing oneself from something when we make or take
exception? The answer might include any rhetorical strategies that may
be described or defined in connection with “to except.” The subject
may encompass both exceptional rhetoric and the exceptional rhetor.

A few possible approaches:

• What persuasive strategies are available to those who would rise in
the court of public opinion when everyone and everything is seen to be
exceptional?
• Is the appeal to the exceptional, pervasive in the realm of
advertising, the last resort of rhetoric in the midst of a landscape
of communication dominated by "twitter?"
• What is the rhetorical impact of American exceptionalism? Do we
have permission to take it for granted and is there any parallel
between it and the exceptionality implied by Quebec as a distinct
society or special status for aboriginal people?
• Finally, is the subject of exception contained by the classical
topos of difference?

OPEN SESSIONS ON RHETORIC
Papers concerning more general aspects of rhetoric are always welcome:

• Rhetorical theory
• Rhetorical criticism
• History of rhetoric
• Rhetoric in popular culture
• Media communication
• Discourse analysis
• Rhetoric of political and social discourse
• Pedagogy of communication
• Rhetoric and the media
• Sociolinguistics and pedagogy
• Semiotics
• Professional and technical communication

HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL
Your proposal (up to 300 words) may be submitted in English or French.
It will be printed in the program if your project is accepted. Please
include the title of your paper, and indicate clearly methodology, the
texts or phenomena under scrutiny, and the central importance of
rhetoric to the inquiry. Work from various disciplines and from across
all historical periods is welcome. If you need electronic equipment
for your presentation, please send a request along with your proposal.

Mail or e-mail your proposal to Rebecca Carruthers Den Hoed. If using
e-mail, please type your proposal directly into the e-mail, or attach
it as a digital file in one of the following formats
(.doc, .pdf, .rtf, .txt).


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DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS: January 8, 2010.


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In order to present a paper, you must be a member of the CSSR.
Membership fees should be paid before the presentation of the paper.
Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes.

GRADUATE STUDENT SUBMISSIONS
Graduate students (MA or PhD) are welcome to submit proposals to the
CSSR annual conference. However, in an effort to mentor graduate
students and guide them through the scholarly conference experience,
we ask that graduate students meet two additional requirements to be
eligible to present at the annual conference:

1) clearly mark on your proposal that you are currently a graduate
student (this designation will make you eligible for a reduced
membership fee for the Society, with valid student ID);

2) should your proposal be accepted, submit a draft of your paper one
month prior to the conference (this submission deadline will encourage
you to plan ahead for the conference and will allow members of the
CSSR executive to offer you feedback or advice for your conference
presentation, if necessary).

We recognize that some graduate students will require less guidance
than others, but we wish to extend a helping hand to all. Graduate
students who fail to meet these requirements will be ineligible to
present at the annual conference.



Contact:



Rebecca Carruthers Den Hoed, CSSR President

c/o Faculty of Communication and Culture

University of Calgary

Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

president (at) cssr-scer.ca

www.cssr-scer.ca

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